REU in Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Science
Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Sciences - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
May 20 - July 26, 2019
The focus of this REU is training in evolutionary science, with students working on research projects across several disciplines. Three academic departments at the University of Iowa - Biology, Anthropology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences) will collaborate with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History to offer research projects that span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, and paleontology. Study organisms span a large range of taxa, and include: crocodiles, insects, snails, fungi, human cancer cells, frogs, and conodonts. Students will work on one project and through interactions with their cohort will ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students will: receive training in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Housing, a meal allowance, stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants.
Mentors and Project Areas (click on links to learn more about each mentor and their research programs)
Dr. Chris Brochu - Evolution and systematics of the Crocodylia
Dr. Bradley Cramer - Occlusion and wear patterns in the feeding apparatus of conodonts
Dr. Jan Fassler - Evolutionary history and molecular mechanisms of long distance activation in fungi
Dr. Andrew Forbes - Adaptive evolution of insect body coloration
Dr. Robert Franciscus - Morphology and behavior in early modern humans
Dr. Bin He - Evolution of a stress-responsive transcription factor protein in a commensal yeast
Dr. Steve Hendrix - Wild bee community composition in fragmented landscapes
Dr. Douglas Houston - Molecular evolution and function of germ plasm genes in vertebrates
Dr. Drew Kitchen - Emergence and evolutionary rates in viruses
Dr. Mary Kosloski - Predation and the evolution of snail shape
Dr. John Logsdon - Molecular evolution of sex and meiosis
Dr. Bryant McAllister - Interplay between sex and evironment on chromosome form
Dr. Maurine Neiman - Evolution of sex in nature
Dr. Christopher Stipp - Evolution of tumor heterogeneity
- be US citizens or permanent residents enrolled at US Universities
- be majoring in a STEM field (especially Biology, Anthropology, or Geoscience with a Paleontology emphasis)
- be rising juniors or rising seniors
- be available to attend the entirety of the program (May 20th - July 26th, 2019)
- have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
- have a strong background in science coursework. Coursework that connects directly to topics in evolution will be favored.
- have a strong work ethic and motivation to learn
- have an interest in pursuing a career in scientific research
- identify two to three potential research mentors from the list above.
- Students from underrepresented minority groups and who have limited research opportunities at their home institution are especially encouraged to apply
INTERESTED? ... Apply Here (deadline: March 15th, 2019)
Note: While we request applicants share names and contact information for two references, we may not contact all references for letters. Letter writing is time-consuming, and we prefer not to over-burden faculty except when we feel we need to know more about an applicant.
Questions? Contact Andrew Forbes (email@example.com) or Maurine Neiman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funded by the National Science Foundation - Grant #15248700